Progress in an Imperfect World

Progress in an Imperfect World

A reader strongly disagrees with my last post telling me that corporations are wrong for hiring third world employees for low wages (compared to the U.S.) that they are just taking advantage of them. She says, “I would rather help them to have a reasonable lifestyle.”

JJ: Are you doing anything now to help them have a reasonable lifestyle? Probably not. You, along with the vast majority are doing nothing to advance the quality of life for third world people unless it is in your self-interest to do so. Business are composed of people and they follow the same path. Outside of a few benevolent people on the  spiritual path you can’t expect any business or individual to go out of their way to help these people unless there is something in it for them.

Suppose a beggar approaches you as you walk down the street and asks for money. You reach in your pocket and all you have is a dollar. You give it to him. You wish you could give him more but that is all you can manage at the moment.

You know that the guy isn’t going to eat as good of a dinner on that as you will eat but you gave him what was practical.

Question: Did you exploit the beggar? Did you take advantage of him?

Even so, many people in the third world are begging corporations to establish a plant there so they will have a dollar or two. If corporations had to pay normal wages it would be impossible to help in any way. The only reason they will sacrifice American (Canadian Australian French etc) jobs is if the wages are much lower. If they are not significantly lower then the people will get nothing.

How is it exploitation to give them what they ask for? If the business does not make a profit a little better than the home territory then the impoverished people will get nothing.

If one thinks the businesses are doing wrong then to avoid hypocrisy the person who thinks this way should pick an individual in the third world or a beggar on the street and make sure he has as much money as he has. After all, that is what he is self-righteously asking the businessman. To sacrifice and pay third world people something like U.S. wages.

A reader responds: Of course, the corporations take advantage of people.

JJ: They act in self-interest, but I have dealt with thousands of corporations in my life and never had even one take unjust advantage of me. Where do you find these devilish ones?

Out best customer is a large corporation and they treat us great – much more fairly than the average individual.

To demonize corporations and single them out as evil is unjust in itself. After all, what are corporations? They are groups of people. To call them evil is like calling minorities evil, dentists evil or nuns or whatever.

Just like all people and groups of people some are better than others, but as a whole they are not devils in the flesh.

Reader: They don’t just make a profit, they make a huge profit.

JJ: Again, you’re lumping them all together under the same roof. The truth is this. A small handful make a huge profit (even this is usually temporary). Some make a reasonable profit, some are fighting for their lives and barely surviving. Some, as a last-ditch effort, have gone abroad in hope of turning their profit margin around so they can stay in business.

Which corporation makes the most obscene profits? It’s hard to find one that makes a greater profit margin than Microsoft. After a new operating system is developed it costs them about 30 cents to put it on a disc and they sell it for around $100. They do very little employing in the third world. Why? Because their profits are so good that they do not have to.

Reader: They CAN afford to give them more. They are just too lazy to make an effort to do that. And structure what they are doing with this goal in mind.

JJ: Just like people, some can do more others cannot. They have to make a decent profit abroad because of the great risk. For instance, American oil companies developed the fields in Saudi Arabia, and then one day the government turned on them and stole them all and claimed all development as their own. This would have bankrupted them if they had not been making a reasonable profit and had some cushion.

Reader: You think they really care? Of course they don’t, their excuse is we are helping them. But they only help them in order to help themselves.

JJ: Again, this is like saying Jews don’t care, the government doesn’t care, doctors don’t care etc.

Corporations are made of people and some care and some do not, but any business has to operate on this principle. They provide a service and for doing so they seek to make a return that will exceed their costs. We ought to be thankful they are doing this or none of us would have a job.

Some companies are unjustly accused of making an “obscene” profit. In many cases they have lost money for a year or two and then for a few months make a large profit and get criticized. Yet they have to make hay while the sun shines so they can weather the future financial storms.

Larry made a great post illustrating the truth of the situation. The branching out of business to the poorer countries is part of the process of natural evolution that will eventually bring them prosperity, but it certainly will not happen overnight.

Look at evolution of life in nature. It is not a pretty thing in many examples. In many cases an animal has to kill or injure another animal just to make it through the day. If I throw a handful of nuts out to the cute little squirrels in my back yard and a weaker one comes and takes it, a stronger one will tear into him and bite him. Then the stronger one will stay there and eat the nuts while the weaker ones just look on with their mouths drooling. The only way to feed them all is to give out more nuts than the strong one can eat.

Unfortunately, in nature scarcity is the rule rather than the exception.

Now we can look at these animals and call them greedy and evil but when we look at the overall picture we see that this is not the case. Instead, they are following their nature which is a necessary part of evolution, essential for their survival.

Even so a business must survive so it can accomplish the greater good of supplying livelihood for millions of people. To survive it must make a reasonable profit when the opportunity permits.

Bill Gates has made perhaps the most “obscene profits” in history and he also gives more money to charity than any man in history as well as creating more millionaires than any man in history.

I find that most people who criticize the obscene profits have never been in business for themselves and do not have a feel of what it takes to succeed. Having been in numerous business efforts in my life and operating a small business in the present I do understand and therefore I do not condemn.

Creating a successful business involves tremendous personal risk that few would take without a strong profit motive. I admire any person who can pull it off and play by the rules.

Even so, I hope to be a part of a force that initiates higher business principles that can bring greater equality and prosperity to all. But any effort has to take into consideration the imperfections that exist among us mortals and work with them. We  cannot expect heads of corporations to have the mindset of Mother Teresa.

To the critics of business profits, I again ask: Do you practice what you preach? Do you take from your obscene wages and give to those not making as much as you so they are equal with you?

No you say. You give some but need most of your wages just to survive.

That’s the way a business feels.

Reader Comment: Wow JJ, You are beginning to sound like you work for the Bush administration, …

JJ: Actually, I seek to speak the truth and let it do its work no matter who is offended.

Because I say that corporations are an essential part of current society and perform a necessary function you link me with the Bush Administration.

Actually the small businessperson is much more likely to support Bush. The large corporations and big money often oppose Bush and conservatives in general. Bill Gates and most executives at the largest business corporation – Microsoft are Democrats as well as Steve Jobs and most of Apple. They refuse to advertise in any media linked to a conservative.

George Soros another big corporate guy dedicated his fortune to defeating Bush. This guy has done more to hurt the little guy than any corporation paying low wages. He made a lot of his money by trading currencies and one time almost caused the collapse of Great Britain’s money.

Move-On.org, a corporation dedicated to defeating Bush obtained half of its financing in the first quarter of 2004 from just two large corporate guys.

Many corporations associated with supporting Bush often give and equal amount of money to Democrats. Unfortunately, the political parties are both a little like the Mafia subtly demanding protection money.

Reader: Corporations are run by humans but at a certain level they lose their humanity. This is part of the matrix that we need to get out of in order to get out from under the control of the beast.

JJ: Associating corporations with a fictional movie idea is a stretch. There are also benevolent corporations feeding impoverished children in third world countries. Like any group containing fallible people there are good and bad in them all.

Reader: JJ, thinks that we can use it to bring forth Zion but I feel that it is what is stopping Zion because in business if you don’t play by the beasts rules you don’t get to play.

JJ: First, I’m, not sure what you mean by “it.” Perhaps you mean corporations. What is a corporation? It is a group of people getting together for a stated purpose. In this sense, I suppose even Zion could be called a corporation for it will be composed of a group of people getting together for a stated purpose.

Rules and laws have nothing to do with the beast. Blind authority is what creates the beast. Some corporations support unjust authority and some do not. Most corporations and individuals are deceived by such authority.

My main point was that you cannot lump any group of people together and call them all evil.

Reader: JJ, I must say I agree with most of the spiritual teachings but where you are coming from in the world issues makes me nervous.

JJ: You covered some territory that has little to do with what I have written, but you haven’t specifically told me anything with which you disagree. If you can tell me exactly where you disagree with me then I could appropriately respond. Accusing me of being a spokesman for the Bush administration says nothing concrete or specific.

Reader: There is enough! We have enough of everything. Abundance is everywhere! We only have to proclaim it for ourselves. Do you realize just what we pay in the USA to go golfing for a year would feed India for a year. All of India! I am not saying just feed them but to teach them to work for themselves.

JJ: This is what corporations are now doing. They are both teaching them and feeding them. More often than you realize when you call technical support or a credit card company you get a laborer from India who is happy to have a corporate job.

Yes, if all those (either individuals or corporations) who had abundance helped the poor, the poor would all get fed, but how do you accomplish this? The Bolshevik Revolution attempted to do this and it turned into the Soviet tyranny which took away freedom and made the country go into poverty.

Just saying something like “If everyone just gave their golfing fees, their cigarette money, sacrificed going to movies etc, the XYZ could be helped,” does nothing.

Let’s face it. Neither people (in general) nor corporations nor governments are going to give up all their spending on pleasure or non necessities to help the poor. It’s not in their nature, and to say “they should do it” is just being unrealistically moralistic.

When you were making $50,000 a year you could have sacrificed and lived on $30,000 and given $20,000 to the poor, but I’ll bet you didn’t do it, but you are happy to tell others what they “should’ do with their money.

Reader: I can’t believe that exploitation has been condoned in this group.

JJ: Exploitation has not been condoned in this group by anyone.

Reader: When one person benefits greater from a situation than another person because of their circumstance that is exploitation.

JJ: There is never equal benefit in any situation. One person always benefits more than another in any exchange. Just like no two snowflakes are alike no two exchanges are exactly equal. Close to equal or equal satisfaction is the best that can be achieved. Remember the corporations establish plants in third world countries because they are invited, often with happy anticipation.

Reader: So give the people in India or where ever a wage in their country that is comparable to the wage they would give in the USA.

JJ: If corporations were forced to do this then the Indians would not be employed at all and would be poorer than ever. The corporations simply wouldn’t go there and would keep the jobs in their own country. A lot of average Americans would be happy with that.

In seeking real change, we must deal with reality, not wishful thinking.

(NOTE: In 2005 when this was written the GDP of India was $820 Billion. In 2021 it had increased to $3,173 Billion. Today the people of India are much richer than they were in 2005 thanks to the help from our greedy corporations)

Reader:: I think Americans are too greedy and have caused our cost of living to skyrocket because of our greed and now we are caught in a vicious circle.

JJ: Why single out Americans? They are no more greedy than anyone else, all things being equal. Nobody’s perfect.

It appears to me from my experience that the average person can buy much more with his wages now than 40 years ago. I think we’ve made progress. Maybe that’s the difference between seeing the glass half full or half empty.

To obtain a grasp of my ideas for change in business read my treatise on The Molecular Business at: LINK

In Paris they simply stared when I spoke to them in French; I never did succeed in making those idiots understand their language. Mark Twain (1835 – 1910)

Aug 5, 2005

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Seeing What Is

Seeing What Is

I couldn’t resist responding to this post from a guru in another group.

He wrote: Unfortunately, my dear friend, I disagree with the premise of this E-mail and the Judge’s synopsis of the case before him (the shoe bomber), his judgment and the penalty he rendered.

The very computer on which I write this response, as well as the computer upon which you read this response, was put together piece by piece by the “slave” labor of other human beings who are paid, at the most, 20 cents per hour, so that we “Americans” can have our computers at a low cost, so we “Americans” can send to our “friends” our diatribes of patriotic arrogance sweetened with words of political grandeur so as to justify our country, which not only destroys the lives and freedom of other countries to live and govern themselves as they wish, but enslaves countless millions of other human beings around the world to provide us with the “American Dream” the putrid consumption of our materialistic lives.

This arrogant American judge wouldn’t have been able to deliver his biased speech of pride and personal political gain from the careful and thoughtful formation of his words in his attempt to belittle the defendant before him and put him up as a patriot of “freedom”, from the bench of “his” court, where he is supposed to sit in fair, unbiased judgment of all, if it were not for the many “slaves” that toil hour after hour in the hot sun on corporate farms getting paid minimum wage to provide the “learned” man dressed in black who sits in judgment of others, the strawberries and cream that he eloquently eats for breakfast.

After his breakfast, the chinaware on which the nourishment sat, which was also produced by human beings treated no better than slaves to create “inexpensively” the elegant saucer, is placed in a dishwasher, where a needless amount of water is used to wash the china clean by a machine that was also put together by another human being who is paid just enough wage to be able to afford enough bread (no strawberries and cream, they’re too expensive) to feed her children who live in squalor and poverty forced upon her because her husband was arrested, convicted, and sentenced by the same man in black for trying to enter his precious “land of the free” to pick the strawberries and earn the few dollars for the back braking work that he was willing to do in the torrid sun, which the judge wouldn’t dream of doing for himself.

There is a war of terrorism going on throughout this world…

…But who, my Friend, are the real terrorists?

JJ: It’s amazing to me how many people in this country think that the United States is more terrorizing than those who want to hack our heads off with a dull knife.

I’ll tell you what would produce the real terror and that is if we started doing all the manufacturing ourselves. The effect would be that millions of people in third world countries would lose their jobs. When such a person comes face to face with losing their job then there would be real terror in his heart. In addition to this our prices on goods would skyrocket. It would be a lose-lose situation.

It is true that these people work for much less than we do, but that is their choice to accept the job, and those who do have jobs are considered the lucky ones, for the wages offered by the corporations are the highest available for them. Before  that had nothing, but now they have a hope for a better life. Besides, if the corporation kept the wage high they would hire in the United States and the third world person would have no job at all.

Since when does the victim of a terrorist plead for what the terrorist offers, and those who do not receive from the terrorist are disappointed???

According to the above writer the Lord of the vineyard (God) is a terrorist. Let us look at the parable:

Matt 20:1 For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man [that is] an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard.

Matt 20:2 And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.

Matt 20:3 And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace,

Matt 20:4 And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way. Matt 20:5 Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise. Matt 20:6 And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle?

Matt 20:7 They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, [that] shall ye receive.

Matt 20:8 So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them [their] hire, beginning from the last unto the first.

Matt 20:9 And when they came that [were hired] about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny.

Matt 20:10 But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny. Matt 20:11 And when they had received [it], they murmured against the goodman of the house,

Matt 20:12 Saying, These last have wrought [but] one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.

Matt 20:13 But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny? Matt 20:14 Take [that] thine [is], and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee.

Matt 20:15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?

Some of the early laborers only received about 8% of the wage of the last workers just as business often pay laborers in different circumstances differing amounts.

In addition, the Lord of the vineyard caused the grumbling workers to work 12 hours in the heat of the day if they wanted paid. I’m sure many would consider it evil if a corporation did this and paid them one-twelfth the wage of certain chosen ones.

Was this evil?

Listen to the words of Jesus:

“Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny? Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee. Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?” Matt 20:13-15

So, I ask, Is this writer’s eye evil because corporations employ people who eagerly accept a job for an agreed upon wage following the example of the Lord of the vineyard?

It would indeed be nice if all of us could receive the wage we wanted but it is not practical at present. Even so, circumstances are improving worldwide. After World War II everything seemed to be made in Japan because the wages there were so cheap, but they paid their dues and now their pay is so high that they wind up giving us jobs by building auto plants here.

The fact is that it is a sacrifice for the American workers to have their companies offer lower paying jobs in the third world. They sometimes lose their jobs and have to take another or go to school for something requiring a higher skill.

The lower paying job taken in the third world is taken eagerly just like the first workers in the vineyard took theirs because it offers them much more than they had without the job.

To offer someone an opportunity that they can take or leave is not slavery by any stretch of the imagination. Since when can a slave quit and tell his taskmaster to shove it and go somewhere else with no penalty, no lashes and no imprisonment?

“Is it not lawful for me (or corporations) to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?”

Comment from JJ, 2022: I know this is a controversial subject but in expecting progress we have to plough with the horses we have, not with those we do not have. We have to realize that corporations and businesses, as a whole, are rarely established as benevolent societies, but for the purpose of making money. A business does not seek to establish itself in third world country to help them out, but to help themselves out. Basically, with human consciousness the self-first applies almost universally. In seeking to make the world a better place this fact has to be taken into consideration for the foreseeable future. We just cannot expect any business entity to go to great expense (as well as criticism from employees) and leave this country and build in another unless the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.  Once this is accepted then we can see more clearly the advantages and disadvantages to the developing country involved.

Basically the only choice comes down to business not going to a developing county and thus they continue in great poverty, or to go in which will gradually reduce poverty, and hopefully eventually lead to abundance, but this always takes time. Look at China. When American business first entered, they were a poverty-stricken nation and now many have abundance and they have as many billionaires as we do. Now they are lending money to us and buying up our land and businesses.

A lot of people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices. Edward R. Murrow

Aug 4, 2005

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Conspiracy Theory Revisited

Conspiracy Theory

Shortly after the Tsunami in Indonesia (in 2005) I jokingly wrote the following about Bush:

“Too much attention has been placed on the problems in Iraq lately and Bush needed a diversion. He thought he would kill a few Islamic terrorists in Indonesia at the same time as creating diversion so he dropped a 100-megaton atomic bomb in the Indian Ocean on a fault line. This created largest earthquake in recent memory causing the giant Tsunami, which killed over 150,000 Muslims and left millions homeless. This sent an underground message to the terrorists to not mess with Texas.”

I wasn’t too surprised when conspiracy theories started arising shortly after I posted this, but what was amusing was how close the conspiracy theories were to my satire.

It is entirely predictable that conspiracy theories will surface around any major catastrophe or big event in world history. The larger question may be why this is so? While it is true that there have been active conspiracies behind the scenes of world history it is completely illogical to assume that every major event and every catastrophe is caused by invisible sabotagers working behind the scenes.

Sometimes bad things just happen and sometimes big events materialize for exactly the reason that is seen on the surface. Look at your own individual life for instance. The last time you had an auto accident do you think some conspirator tampered with the brakes or was it just a bad combination of events? In almost every case the bad stuff that happens to us is caused by the obvious.

Even so it is with the world. Once in a while a conspiracy may pull something off, but most of the time a natural course of events is to blame.

The Tsunami was caused by a major earthquake that just happens to occur with regularity in our history.

We went to the moon because we built a Saturn rocket and blasted off not because conspirators built a Hollywood set and fooled us.

Why is it so hard to believe that 911 was caused by terrorists especially in the face of the fact that Osama Bin Laden admitted that he was the mastermind?

Then with the terrorist act in London (See Wikipedia “7 July 2005 London bombings”) it was only days before conspiracy theories started to fly. G8 leaders (including Bush), bankers and others must have been involved.

Let’s take a look at this one. They have a tremendous amount of photographic and other hard evidence of who was involved. They have in custody a number of the perpetrators and they are talking. In the face of all this just imagine how lucky conspirators would have had to have been to pull this off.

They would have had to execute the plan so flawlessly that the press wouldn’t have been able to pick up a trail. The press throughout the world hates Bush and if they could pin anything like this on him or other G8 leaders they would.

Thousands of police are investigating. Somehow the conspirators would have had to cover all their tracks so perfectly that none could follow leads to them.

They may say that those who executed the attack were lower-level dupes, but so many were involved that it would only be a matter of time before someone would talk and expose the conspiracy.

Now let us get back to the question as to why conspiracy is seen in so many places?

The answer is you find what you are looking for and if you suspect a conspiracy and look for it you will find evidence.

For instance, let us suppose that you suspect your spouse is having an affair and he or she is completely innocent. Even though he is innocent will you still find what you are looking for? Yes, in almost every case where unreasonable suspicions arise, evidence will be found to confirm them.

So why do conspiracy people look for insidious motive under every rock?

There are several reasons why conspiracies are looked for. Here are a few:

(1) The theorist likes to see himself as more intelligent than the crowd and to see beyond what appears to be obvious is one way to affirm this. The trouble is that so many people are swallowing conspiracy these days that the effect is the opposite. Today the conspiracy theorist often goes along with the crowd of fellow conspiracy theorists.

(2) The theorist is often anti authority and looks for sinister motives within the powers that be. Indeed, the corruption within the ranks of established authorities adds fuel to this fire.

(3) The theorist is often an intellectual with good powers of observation and loves the game of using his mind to see cause beyond the obvious cause. It’s a little like seeing the face of Jesus in an ink blot. It’s kind of a fun intellectual exercise.

(4) The theorist often has a theological belief system that needs a conspiracy involved to make all the pieces fit.

(5) There is a particular person in power (like Bush or Clinton) that the theorists just hates and is happy to blame for the world’s problems.

(6) The theorist is often having a tough life and instead of taking responsibility for it he blames it on the bankers, politicians or whoever working behind the scenes to desecrate his life.

Most conspiracy people are barely surviving financially.

The one area where some proven conspiracy has been involved in history is assassination. Because this can be pulled off by the outward work of one person or even accomplished subtly through poisoning and other means this has been the work of conspiracy throughout history. Because an assassination can be pulled off in seconds the cover-up is much easier than an earth-shaking event such as 911.

Why did I decide to post on this subject again?

Because the main thrust of this forum is the search for truth. How can we be expected to find the truth in spiritual matters if we cannot see the obvious in the events happening in the world around us? To see reality as it is, is always a good exercise of the spiritual mind in sharpening the discernment of truth.

If eyes were made for seeing, then beauty is its own excuse for being. Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882), “The Rhodora”

July 30, 2005

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Eye to Eye

Eye to Eye

Reader Comment: To the best of my knowledge no one here has said that it is impossible to have an optical eye in the center of one’s forehead. I wouldn’t be surprised if science could not in the near future find a way to manipulate human genetics to accomplish that if there was any particular reason to do so.

JJ: I’m not talking about something composed of optical principles exactly like our eyes, but an eye which is a synthesis of optical and spiritual vision rolled into one.

And as far as optics are concerned, I wouldn’t be surprised if a camera with one apparent opening for a lens is developed someday that produces 3-D pictures. In fact, software has been available for years that can take a two-dimensional drawing and transform it into 3-D.

We already have instruments that can see a wider spectrum of vision than our eyes. This foreshadows human possibilities.

Reader: Also no one has said that “seeing” or “vision” beyond what one takes as “normal vision” is impossible. I have certainly not said that. So it is difficult to understand exactly to whom your comment is addressed? Perhaps it is addressed to some imaginary individual? 🙂

JJ: It was addressed to all including you, of course. Perhaps, I misunderstood. I thought you disagreed with my teachings that some higher beings have a single third eye, which provides higher as well as regular seeing. It now sounds like any disagreement is minimal.

If I now understand you correctly your view runs something like this. My teaching on the all-seeing eye does not register as correct with you but at the same time you see that all things are possible.

I can’t ask for more than this. If someone who claims to be God himself were to appear and teach us something that does not register with our souls, we should not automatically accept it.

The all-seeing eye in these beings is over twice as large as a regular eye and such beings presently exist in etheric matter. When the last race manifests here one would expect it to follow the humanities of the past worlds and when a correspondence to the all-seeing eye manifests there is no way to predict how much regular optics and other means of seeing will be built into it. The one thing we can know in advance is the power to see in all directions and dimensions will be greatly increased.

Question: Could you expand on the idea  that humanity is the soul of the universe?

JJ: Think of the principle “As above, so below” and visa versa. The point of interplay in the lower worlds, which produces soul energy within us, are tiny lives which have achieved relative perfection eons ago. These lives exist in spirit and matter interchangeably.

Even so, humanity is the developing soul of the greater universe, but we, as a whole, at the present, are centered much more in the material than the spiritual. When the majority of human lives in the universe achieve soul contact then the true soul of the universe will come into being and lead the universe itself to self-consciousness and a soul contact of its own.

Reader: I am just wondering how you could know about all this with enough certainty to be teaching it to others as absolute truth. You must be pretty certain. I find it difficult to understand how you could be so certain, when their appears to be so little to go on in regards to these things.

JJ: If I teach a concept in this group, it means that I personally believe in it and if I personally believe in a teaching it means that I have strong reason for doing so. I always teach with certainty if I feel it from within. This of course, does not mean that I am always right. Human error can always creep in as well as the fact that pieces to the whole picture are often missing.

There have been several times that I have made a post and on reflection afterwards my soul communicated with me telling me that I did not have the whole picture and that I would have to clarify the teaching sometime in the future when more light comes.

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. A. A. Milne (1882 – 1956)

July 24, 2005

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More than Meets the Eye

More than Meets the Eye

A reader makes a solid point:

“We already have an all-seeing eye. Our third eye is all seeing. We just have not developed it to its fullest potential. We do not concentrate on it because we have two eyes to help us perceive the illusion of our physical world and therefore rely on them more and have no real motivation to develop our third eye. I feel that our eyes are a detriment to the development of our third eye & spirituality. That is why we close our eyes when we meditate. It is a scientific fact that we have optical nerves going to the third eye. The more we develop and concentrate on the third eye the less we will need or use our two eyes and therefore the smaller they will become and then disappear. Just like we don’t need our appendices or tonsils anymore. We have outgrown them and they are getting smaller.”

Another reader gives us some solid evidence of the power of the third eye:

“I have meditated in the past and just before I opened my eyes, I was able to perceive the room around me. I ‘seen’ a picture of my surroundings, down to the smallest detail, even ‘saw’ my husband moving around in the bed next to me. I was not using my ‘real’ eyes to ‘see’, but in fact was tapping into my third eye’s vision. With this sight, I was able to see in a depth I had not experienced before, like seeing a fourth dimension or something. There was more color than I had ever seen before, and a type of mist or glow around everything (I think I was seeing auras). Even my headboard (which is oak) was glowing! The more conscienceless an object or being had, the stronger the ‘glow’ was. It freaked me out at first, so I opened my eyes, and immediately the images faded back to ‘normal’. I closed my eyes to see if I was imagining this, and after a few minutes of calmness, the vision returned. I was even able to perceive through the walls somehow, ‘seeing’ the bed in the room next to mine!!”

JJ: Many have reported seeing with greater power of vision than is explainable based on standard scientific understanding.

It is always a mistake to constrict ourselves to a statement such as: “This is impossible because it runs counter to scientific laws.”

Actually, nothing runs contrary to law. The problem is that we never have a full understanding of all the laws.

Let me give two examples

Time and time again scientists themselves have come face to face with a reality that forced them to reconstruct their own view of law.

One was the Michelson-Morley experiment. They thought the following was an established scientific fact.

Two trains go opposite directions beginning at starting point (A). Both trains move away from (A) at 50 miles an hour. Two boys on each of the trains throw a rock in the same direction the trains are moving. The two rocks move forward at an additional 50 miles per hour.

Here are the conclusions that were thought to be irrefutable.

(1) The two trains are moving away from each other at 100 MPH. This is simple mathematics (or 2 X 50MPH)

(2) When the boy on the train at 50 MPH throws a rock at an additional speed of 50 MPH then the rock is simply traveling at 100 MPH in relation to point (A).

(3) This would also mean that the rock thrown by the first boy would be moving at 200 MPH in relation to the rock thrown the other direction.

(4) If one of the boys throws a rock at 50 MPH behind the train it would be reduced to zero velocity in relation to point (A).

Here we have what appears to be basic math that may have never been questioned if the Michelson and Morley hadn’t seen the results of their experiment with their own eyes. In fact, they were so bewildered with the results that they spent most of the rest of their lives testing, refining and retesting it.

Using the above logic back in the late 1800’s, they figured that if they shined a light beam away from the earth in two different directions that they could record two different speeds for light.

Why?

Because the earth is already traveling at a high rate of speed, much faster than any train. Their reasoning was that if they projected a beam of light in the direction the earth was already moving that the speed of light should be equal to its regular speed plus the speed the earth was already traveling. It’s like the speed of a rock would be equal to the throwing speed plus the speed of the train.

Then if they project a light the other direction it should move much slower like a rock thrown behind the train.

To their amazement nothing about light followed the laws they thought were rock solid.

In every direction and situation light continued at the same speed. To understand why this was so baffling we need to apply the results to the example of the trains.

The results they saw with their own eyes was something like finding out:

(1) The two trains are moving away from each other at 100 MPH. This is simple mathematics (or 2 X 50 MPH)

Wrong: The two trains are only moving away from each other at 50 MPH

(2) When the boy on the train at 50 MPH throws a rock at an additional speed of 50 MPH then the rock is simply traveling at 100 MPH in relation to point (A).

Wrong: The rock is only moving away from point (A) at 50 MPH

(3) This would also mean that the rock thrown by the first boy would be moving at 200 MPH in relation to the rock thrown the other direction.

Wrong: The two rocks are only moving at 50 MPH away from each other.

(4) If one of the boys throws a rock at 50 MPH behind the train it would be reduced to zero velocity in relation to point (A).

Wrong: The rock continues at 50 MPH in relation to point (A).

NOTE: (50 MPH corresponds to the speed of light for this analogy)

This roughly gives you an idea of how befuddled Michelson and Morley were and why they repeated the experiment with more refined instruments over and over.

It wasn’t until Einstein came along with the theory of relativity that some answers seemed to surface and even then we are not sure of all the answers.

Another item that baffled scientists was the double-slit experiment. This has had many variations but in one of them they send a single electron toward two openings on a sheet and the result is that the one electron appears to go through both openings and land in two places. This phenomena happens with beams of light and other particles.

With both of the above experiments (and many others) if scientists had not seen the results with their own eyes they would have never believed them possible and would never have predicted them.

There is much more evidence of the possibility of an all-seeing eye than there was to foreshadow the relativity of light or the double-slit.

If one were to meet a Kumara and peer into his all-seeing eye the question would not be “Is this possible?” but one of seeking to understand that which has manifested in reality which runs contrary to preconceived notions.

On another note a reader was commenting on the teaching that the Ancient of Days came here from Venus to serve us. On reflecting on this she said:

“Again I start crying and feel somewhat bereft……..I don’t get it!!!! Am I touching some astral thoughtform????”

It sounds like you are picking up some true feelings associated with your distant past. This could be related to a number of things. Most likely it would be associated with a true teaching you once learned (or taught) around the sacrifice of God or the masters toward humanity. Perhaps you came to this earth also from another sphere with the purpose to serve and your soul is reminding you of this.

It is good that you are feeling this and it will be helpful for you to reflect upon and ever notice when the feeling returns and what causes it to return.

Consciousness of our powers augments them. Vauvenargues

July 23, 2005

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The All-Seeing Eye

The All-Seeing Eye

Question: If we evolved to having just a single eye then how would we perceive 3-dimensional space for which two eyes are needed?

JJ: The all-seeing eye would be able to perceive three-dimensional space and more. To say it could not would be like someone in 1980 saying that computers cannot perceive speech. The seeing of our current eyes is primitive compared to where we are going.

In fact, I can see 3-dimensional space and distance with one eye closed all ready.

We can’t judge the qualities and abilities of the all-seeing eye by comparing them to our own limited ones because it is a much more advanced model.

Question: It is interesting that you say the Ancient of Days was the first self-conscious human? So, he was a human being once just like we are now.

JJ: When he incarnated as the first self-conscious human on the earth he had already overcome all things as a mortal in another solar system in the distant past and was far more than a master.

He made a great sacrifice and incarnated to stimulate the evolution of the humanoids toward self-consciousness.

Question: The Ancient of Days is now so advanced that he is that molecular life-form which is incarnated into a body composed of all earth life. Will we humans one day be that higher molecular life-form that incarnates into the 24 bodies of future molecules? Is that the direction our evolution is headed?

JJ: The Ancient of Days has a regular physical/etheric body of his own, but shares consciousness with other beings as well as the entire planet. Technically he is the permanent atom of the planet and the representative of the greater logoic life of the whole planet which is a separate entity, but shares consciousness with him.

When a molecule is perfected, another entity will incarnate in it and we will share its consciousness, but will still be distinct from the higher entities in Shamballa.

Comment: You say that it is obvious that in the physical world one arm and one leg would be a handicap. That was precisely the point I was attempting to make. One eye in the physical world is also a handicap.

The reader then went on to explain, how in accordance with current science and his own experience why we need two eyes for depth of vision as well as for a competed beautiful physical body.

JJ: Why are you assuming that evolution cannot create one eye that can do the work of two or be better than two? That is like a person a century ago saying that a telephone was impossible. It is also possible that our minds will evolve so we will not need arms and legs except for the need to manifest in an acceptable manner.

We know from many testimonies of near-death experience, as well as visions and spiritual experiences, that there is greater vision available than is had by our two physical eyes.  Many have reported being able to see in all directions when the body’s eyes were closed, as well as seeing from any part of their physical form. I recently read of a man who was blind from birth who had a near death experience and was able to see in all directions at once. He was able to see beyond the physical, and in so doing was also able to see what was happening in the physical world.

The third eye also has this capability of seeing beyond the physical, and when this occurs the physical is also available to vision, but a vision greater than possessed by the two physical eyes.

But the beauty of the eye transcends symmetry and beauty is found in the eye itself that goes beyond beauty as found in form. The radiation from the eye creates a spiritual beauty, but even from the physical perspective it is very regal.

Even with our present forms there is beauty in the eyes that goes far beyond symmetry. Some eyes are so lovely you could just stare at them for a long period even though a rough description may make them sound no different than the eyes of Hitler.

Because there is only one of a thing is no reason to not see beauty. We have one mouth, one nose and one face and most find beauty in these.

The third all-seeing eye will be a new organ that will take over the function of our two eyes and add new dimensions of seeing causing the regular form to eventually change.

I’m not saying now or ever that any new development in evolution or ability will ever run contrary to any of the laws of physics or the universe. All the higher lives merely use the laws we know and some we do not know to remove limitations.

The all-seeing eye uses natural law to see in the physical and also higher planes as well as wavelengths not available to the normal human, It can not only see through physical objects but around them and thus has a depth perception much greater than the two eyes, making two eyes unnecessary.

The all-permeating light of the spirit is everywhere making universal vision possible.

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. — Harold R. McAlindon

July 22, 2005

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Spiritual and Physical Evolution

Spiritual and Physical Evolution

Just a few more comments of clarification on this statement: “In evolution the end is often like the beginning but with improvements.”

Studying ancient physical races will not shed much light on this because the first two races were not physical, but were in grades of etheric matter. It was the third race, the Lemurian, was physical, of which the Australian aborigine is a remnant.

The first race was hermaphrodite and has similarities to the seventh and last race, but with differences. One of the biggest differences is the seventh race will be physical.

“If the eye is all-seeing then the one will be all that is needed and would not be a regression.”

I received some questioning on my teaching that the seventh race will have need of only one eye which will be the eventual physical manifestation of the ajna center, commonly called the third eye. This eye will take the place of the current two physical eyes as well as enable vision in etheric and mental matter. What is called the Elohim use this eye.

It was questioned as to whether it is scientifically possible for one eye to replace the two on the physical plane.

There are many spiritual abilities for which current science cannot explain. It does not even accept the idea of spiritual worlds, or an afterlife. Many with near death experiences reported 360-degree vision and that they were able to see with their whole spiritual body, not just the eyes. There are many higher abilities of which we are capable that are beyond the understanding of current science, but when new discoveries are made science will have to yield to the new realities.

Reader comment: I can see it now. After we evolve into having one eye, we will also have one hand and just one foot to jump around on.

JJ: Instead of moving toward one arm and one leg the evolution is toward formlessness or circular cells of energy. It is obvious that in the present physical world one arm and one leg would be a handicap. One limb would also be a handicap in beauty as all things move toward the beautiful as well as the useful. One all-seeing eye would give all the usefulness needed. Because humanity has not seen such a being they cannot judge its beauty for it is nothing like the fairly grotesque forms of movie fame.

As in all things I teach all are free to accept or reject, but I will add this for the logical mind. Nature has experimented with all forms, probably even one-legged ones. It keeps the ones that works and discards the ones that do not work. If there is such a thing as an all-seeing eye that is also a thing of beauty then we would not need two of them. Therefore, logic dictates that this form would be kept by those who are attracted to it and find it useful.

Those of us who want to keep our present form indefinitely will be able to do so as long as physical reality is conducive to it. However, as soon as a new form comes along that is more useful all intelligence begins to gravitate toward it.

The next race, the sixth will not experience a great change in form but will be a synthesis of all races and the beauty of the individual will be refined. The change is more in consciousness than the physical form excepting that the majority will be beautiful.

The seventh race on this (and previous planets) will see a significant physical changes toward the divine hermaphrodite. This race, we are told, will be like Gods in comparison to the powers we have today.

Question: You say that the people will eventually merge and create a greater life for the soul of humanity. If we create a greater life for the soul of humanity, does this in turn create a greater life or soul for the Universe, for you tell us humanity represents the soul of the universe.

JJ: When I was speaking of the “soul of humanity” I was talking about the humanity on this earth which is only one of billions in the universe. An advancement of humanity on this earth is only a small matter when looking at the universe as a whole.

Soul is the interplay between spirit and matter and when looking at the universe as a whole the point of interplay is humanity. In some places humanity is very spiritual and other places it is very material, but looking at human life, as a whole, we see an oscillation of the tiny lives shifting between spirit and matter just as happens in our individual universe. Within the disciple attention on the soul causes an interplay, or oscillation, between spirit and matter.

As humanity on the various worlds advance more power will be given to the soul of the universe to give it life and shape.

Question: Would you clarify our relation to the Ancient of Days and our solar angel?

JJ: We do not manifest through the consciousness of the Ancient of Days any more than the Chinese manifest through you. You are a reflection of your solar angel and are nourished by it. The Ancient of Days tunes into your consciousness as well as the consciousness of the planet as a whole and the entire earth is a vehicle for his current incarnation.

The elements of your body existed before you incarnated and will exist after you die. In fact they change every 7-14 years. We are like the elements in the body of the planetary logos.

Question: Does the Solar Angel and Ancient of Days work as one or as two separate entities?

JJ: They are separate and in different planes. The Ancient of Days is much higher evolved than a solar angel.

Question: Is the monad part of the Ancient of Days’ consciousness, because here it is the God of this Earth?

JJ: The monad is the part of ourselves which dwells in the highest spiritual plane and has extended itself to experience time and space. Even the Ancient of Days has a monad, but it doesn’t directly experience life here. Higher lives such as the Ancient of Days access the consciousness of the monad and go where none has gone before in this physical universe.

The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards. Arthur Koestler (1905 – 1983)

July 22, 2005

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The Three Groups

The Three Groups

I have been thinking about a subject that needs a little clarification.

Over the years many supporters and like-thinking members have defending me and the teachings I have given out in a number of ways, not only in this group, but on numerous other forums and circumstances. Some have gone so far as to say something like: “This is what I think JJ thinks on the matter.” Usually, they are amazingly accurate when they do this.

What has saddened me is that these sincere individuals have often been attacked with the implication that they have no thoughts of their own, that they are JJ clones or non-thinking robots.

So the question to consider is this: Are such people no different than the unthinking members of a cult or a highly structured religion or movement?

To answer this, we must understand there are three types of people who support a teaching or ideal.

[1] Those who are indoctrinated by a system and then threatened with punishment for thinking outside the box.

A believing member of an authoritative religion is a typical example of this. He understands the basic precepts and supports them. Anything that extends beyond the basics is scary to him and going into the mysteries or speaking contrary to orthodox doctrine puts him in danger of hell fire.

In this case one member sounds like another and they do seem a little like clones.

[2] Those who accept basic teachings or ideals, but are a law unto themselves and accept no apparent outside authority except that which suits their beliefs. These rely on their mindset only to interpret doctrine and if they are closely examined, we will find that no two think alike.

These are in the circumstance where the mind slays the real and when the real is slain only the unreal remains. Each unreal philosophy is somewhat  different from every other unreal philosophy.

You can see this category of individuals at play in many discussion groups on the web. Within these groups you’ll see many individuals advancing their particular philosophy from the mental plane. Others of this group will sometimes agree with them and other times strongly disagree, but never will any two see completely eye to eye.

[3] The third group will consist of those who have obtained a degree of soul contact. This is the group prophesied by Isaiah: “They shall see eye to eye when the Lord shall bring again Zion.”

Isaiah was speaking of the center between the eyebrows, the third eye, which perceives the intuitive level through the soul.

When two people perceive through this ajna center they will perceive the same principles and see the same vision.

Now here is the problem of discernment from the viewpoint of the outside observer:

To them there are only two categories. They see groups one and three as the same and group two as the only ones thinking for themselves.

Assignment:

In truth there are many differences between groups one and three. Can you name them?

We received quite a few comments on this Here are a few comments:

  • Group one depends on outside authority whereas group one relies on the inward authority of the soul.
  • Group one needs an authority to teach them whereas
  • Group one does not question authority whereas group three does.
  • Group one has flawed reasoning that leads one around in circles whereas group three has sound reasoning that leads toward real truth.
  • Group one may be knowledgeable about the teaching they follow but won’t know why, other than that it is what everyone else says, too. Members of group three will know why they believe what they do.
  • Group one can fall prey to a cult. Group three is not likely to.
  • Group one will never argue with the top dog whereas group three will challenge anyone.

Another reader listed key words associated with the two groups. Group one is listed first and group three second.

External/Inner

Idolism/Spiritual

Destroy/Create

Hell/Heaven

Past/Future

The last one is particularly good, for the unthinking followers know only the teachings of the past. When a new enlightened teaching surfaces they are afraid to even consider it.

If I were pressed to give a core difference it would be that group three is sensitive to the inner voice and is trusting of it and group one relies on outward authority.

The interesting point of this whole subject is that we see there are many differences between these two groups yet many people cannot see them and will lump them both in the same category. This is just because such people are too lazy to investigate beyond surface seeing and they do not see beyond their own outer authorities that govern their lives.

A person has to break free of outer authority and have some sensitivity to the soul before he can recognize a member of group three. He cannot see that which he cannot understand, but there are many who are capable of understanding, but who are just too stubborn to see.

Conclusion: Unity of thought and visions between two or more people is not always evidence of brainwashing or mind control, but among the enlightened it is because of soul contact causing the members of the group to see eye to eye in areas where they look the same direction.

If antidepressant drugs are effective, why don’t they work for psychiatrists? Year after year, psychiatrists commit suicide at a higher rate than the general population. Are we to believe that they don’t take their own drugs, or that the drugs don’t have the benefits attributed to them? Nicolas Martin, American Iatrogenic Association website

July 16, 2005

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Perfection and Form

Perfection and Form

Some are questioning the idea presented that God may not be perfect. Let me add a few comments.

First, I have written quite a bit about this in the archives. If you do a search for the words “perfect” and “perfection” you should find some interesting material.

There are several points to emphasize.

(1) The Bible does not teach that either God or Jesus is perfect. Such teachings are based on mistranslations. It was the enemies of Jesus who sought perfection and crucified Jesus because he was not perfect, in their view.

(2) Wherever there is form perfection is impossible. All form is created through an imbalance of energy. If perfect balance were to be achieved all form would disappear and the universe would be no more.

(3) Wherever there is motion or movement there is imperfection. If there were perfection there would be no need to move from here to there.

(4) Where creation is not yet reached its end there can be no perfection for if a thing were perfect, it would not need to progress to any end other than what it is now.

(5) The true perfection of God is found in a joyful journey to an end never before realized in  this reality.

(6) We are created in the “image of God.” If you want to know how perfect God is then look at yourself.

Reader Comment: If God isn’t perfect, and he’s not expecting us to be perfect and we are just supposed to do our job, then I can basically never screw up, no matter what I choose, or can I?

JJ: Yes, you can screw up. You can refuse to follow the highest you know and not do that which you know you should do. You may  not be the perfect driver but you can still successfully drive to work and  back every work day.

Comment: But if God is imperfect and doesn’t know whether his experiment going to work out or not, that means I can’t rely on anything. I can’t even rely on the outcome being good.

JJ: On the contrary. It is totally within the power of God and his reflections to create a desirable outcome.

I have often compared God to a great painter like Davinci.

When he painted the Mona Lisa, he had a grand ideal in mind, but in the process of creation he made many mistakes. Perhaps he had to rearrange the smile a hundred times to obtain the beauty he desired. Finally, he had his masterpiece and he “saw that it was good.”

These are the words that describes the creator God in Genesis. As he created all things he did not declare they were perfect, but that they were “good.”

There is a law called the “Law of dominating Good,” that lies behind all that God has made and is progressing toward. The end of all things is always a good end because all things in the universe are guided by the intelligence of God. The end and the beginning are often planned and known, but that which happens in between is filled with many perils, heartache and frustration. The key to keep in mind is the words of Jesus: “He who endures to the end will be delivered.”

In other words, we must always persevere toward the goal no matter how many problems occur and then we will be delivered from failure and be able to enjoy the fruit of success.

Comment: I just keep wondering… how come we really care so much about achieving this goal? Why does God strive to be good?

JJ: Good is to move forward to where we have not gone before and evil is to move backwards and rest upon past achievements. Just as there is a natural impulse in all of us to progress and move forwards even so it is with God. All life must move forward to obtain eternal joy.

Comment: If I go by logic that would mean if “form” equals imperfection, “no form” equals perfection. Hence God was in a state of perfection before he decided to create.

JJ: It may seem that way at first glance but let us take a deeper look.

First, creation, or cause and effect, is an eternal process and there is only the space in between creation. Thus when we speak of the point before creation we are really talking about a point between creations.

Secondly, the concept of perfection can only apply to a world of form. To say that God was perfect in the formless world is like talking about getting a suntan in the dark. You can’t because there is no sun. The word perfection only applies to form; talking about perfection when there is no form is meaningless from our point of view.

Think about anything you have called perfect or near perfect. The perfect tan, the perfect house, the perfect child etc. This concept only has meaning when we are thinking about how a form looks or performs.

Conclusion: We have the concept of perfection and imperfection in the world of form, but in the formless world of origination this concept is meaningless. Perfection has meaning when form is in the process of creation or has materialized.

Another reader makes these interesting comments: My question is about psychic abilities. I have some sort of talent that works sporadic, not controllable (yet) but is there any way. Let me explain; one of these visions involved my family going for a ride in my dad’s bronco, him driving down a familiar road and an antelope or deer popping out in the road. As my dad swerved and tried the brakes, the brakes did not work, and he lost control of the truck, rolling it down a steep cliff, killing my family.

Once this vision was over, I had called my mom and pleaded with her to have dad check the brakes in the bronco, she told me that they were almost out the door going for a ride out in the country. She listened to me though, I guess there was a seriousness in my voice that got her attention, and she had dad check the brakes. He discovered that the brake lines had been corroded, and that there was only enough fluid in the reservoir to get out of the driveway. (In a sense, I may have saved their lives by calling their attention to this problem.) My dad fixed the lines, and they went on their ride any way. On the way down this steep windy road, a deer jumped out, my dad swerved and braked, just missing the deer and the edge of the cliff, the deer had actually kicked the door of the truck as he passed by.

My mom called me later that evening and told me if I had not called them and had dad check the brakes, she felt my vision would have been a reality. This is only one of many of these visions I have had, and some of them are of very near future events, and others are of events that are taking place currently, but across the world. Sometimes I see what a person is planning to do that is standing in line next to me at the store, and sometimes what that is sickens me because it involves sexual misconduct with a child. I don’t understand why I get these visions, and when I was younger, I tried to make them go away by drinking or using drugs. Some of these visions are confusing, because I don’t know what I am supposed to do about them. Sometimes there is nothing I can do, so I don’t understand why I “see” what I do. I know that I am tapping into a higher being somehow though, and that I am supposed to learn something from them. So I have been teaching myself how to utilize these visions in a way to help people by changing it slightly.

On some people, when I rub their feet or hands, I can “see” what dis-eases or health problems they might have. I have been working to learn how to use herbs to heal, and am teaching myself to recognize what herbs are needed to treat some of these ailments I “see.”

I allow nobody to pay me, nor do I want recognition for this, I refuse to go into business and make a profit off this talent because I feel that would be wrong. I have had a lot of people that I was able to help tell me to start a clinic or something, because they feel I’d make a good living. I don’t want any of that, I just want to know why do I have this talent, and am I doing right by God by using it to help others?

JJ: I put your whole account in my post because it is a good one.

There are astral psychic abilities which are fraught with error and then every once in a while, we find a person with true abilities using higher perceptions. The main difference between the two is that the higher psychic will be accurate to a high degree whereas the lower will be lucky to have a 25% degree of accuracy. Also, the higher psychic will generally not seek to make money from his or her gifts.

You saw a true future, which is rare, but it was a fairly immediate future which is much easier for the soul to foresee than a distant one.

Any talent you find yourself naturally developing should be accepted and used toward maximum service to humanity. There is a tendency in many disciples to want to discard the gifts they are given and be rid of them and just blend in with the crowd. This the disciple should never do.

When a gift begins to develop one should cultivate it and use it in service. There will be frustrations in the process, but the end will be great satisfaction and joy.

On the other hand, some attempt to force gifts upon themselves that may run contrary to their life’s mission. The thing to keep in mind is that the naturally occurring gifts are a positive development.

No wise man ever wished to be younger.

Jonathan Swift (1667 – 1745)

July 14, 2005

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The Dragon of Wisdom

The Dragon of Wisdom

Question: Society down the ages has revered the Dragon as something spiritual, powerful and sacred perhaps? but can there be two Dragons in this World of Duality? The White Dragon and the Black Dragon?

JJ: The dragon and serpent has been used as symbols of good and evil in the Christian scriptures as well as many other sacred writings.

Right off in the Bible the serpent was supposedly the evil Satan who tempted Eve and caused the fall of man.

Later Moses was able to turn his staff into a serpent as a demonstration of the power of God.

Shortly thereafter the serpent appears in another roll. “And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread. And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died. Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people. And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.” Numbers 21:5-9

It is interesting here that the serpent here played a dual roll. First, serpents were sent to punish Israel. The fiery serpents bit the people and they died.

Then Moses made an image of a serpent and held it up on a poll and whoever looked upon it lived, even if they were bitten.

Many scholars believe that the lifted up serpent represented the redeeming Christ who was lifted up on the cross.

It is interesting that God here used the image of the serpent for both good and evil. They were used to kill and then to save.

In the New Testament Jesus commanded his disciples to be “as wise as serpents” yet John portrays the great red dragon as an enemy of the saints of God.

The great red dragon represents the “serpent of matter” as DK calls it. This represents a power, which is an adversary to spiritual progress. This serpent power must be mastered by the serpent of wisdom placing the lower serpent under the power of that which is good in the serpent power.

DK tells us that Sanat Kumara has a rod with the image of three serpents on it. This represents the mastery over the three worlds which the serpent of wisdom must obtain.

The serpent also symbolizes the spinal cord and the serpent fire symbolizes the kundalini fire at the base of the spine which if raised too early can destroy, but if raised naturally produces a great spiritual experience.

The thing to keep in mind is that no vegetable, animal or human form is all good or evil. All have a purpose and all can be used for good or achieve a good end if soul purpose is fulfilled.

The swastika is an interesting symbol, which is also used for good and evil. Originally it was a symbol of good luck and was even used by U.S. troops during World War I. Hitler took a symbol that was universally seen as something good and altered its meaning in consciousness to something evil.

Even though it is now seen as something evil in its purest form it is neutral. The same goes for the satanic five-pointed star. All symbols are neutral until someone interprets them and that interpretation gives it power.

A reader wanted clarification on the teaching that we achieve the evolution of all of our past lives at the age of 21.

When a person is 21 he hasn’t gone through all the life lessons of his past lives. This would be impossible as he has too many experiences in his past to condense in such a short period. Instead, what he does accomplish is a retrieval of the basic level of intelligence that he ascended to in his last life. He will repeat his long evolution of intelligence in miniature, but this will not be accomplished by reliving all past experiences.

Actually, this teaching did not originate with me but with DK. I have contemplated the principle and observed it working out in my life and others and believe it to be quite accurate.

I can see that in my life that my basic intelligence grew quite quickly until the age of 21 and then the growth was very slow. I have also noticed this in the lives of many people I have observed.

Now some may point to what they believe to be a great transformation at another age such as 25, 30, 40 etc, but this has little to do with intelligence.

I had a great transformation around the age of 28, but my basic intelligence was not much different then than when I was 21.

Intelligence has more to do with taking advantage of the highest vision you have in the present time.

This teaching also harmonizes with the following scripture:

“Whatever principle of intelligence we attain unto in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection (the next life).” D&C 130:18

Question: When Jesus said. You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free…..

Did he mean the infinite truth of everything?

JJ: Truth comes in layers and each layer brings additional; freedom. Sometimes it’s a little like traveling through a maze. It is useful and brings freedom of movement to know the next turn, but useless to speculate on the turn several corridors down.

This is what brings frustration to disciples in that they do not assess their correct placement on the path and spend their time solving the problem where they will be in lifetimes distant rather than the present.

Each of us must solve the equation of where we are now, not where we will be in our imagination.

And how will we know what it is we are supposed to solve in the present?

It is usually most obvious to those who are closest to us but often the disciple is oblivious. Why? Because his friends will often assess his place on the path better than himself. Often because of ego he either has a messiah complex, assumes he is on his last life or close to being a master. Then others are not satisfied with normal progress which is often slow and want to take a quantum leap which is just not within his reach.

Again, the disciple must follow the highest he knows and do all within his power to assess the next step correctly.

Question: Does it mean we can see the truth and have no more ignorance whatsoever? Our understanding being complete. Having no more to discover about what is true.

JJ: No, it does not mean this. There is never an ultimate truth in time and space. As one tunes in to the Oneness Principle the door to all truth becomes available, but even here it has to be absorbed bit by bit, principle by principle into consciousness.

Question: Is it possible to be able to understand all of truth. which is unlimited. and infinite.

JJ: It is possible to understand anything. It is merely a matter of focusing attention in the right direction. For instance, if you want to learn algebra you do not begin by focusing on the second year course, but the beginning. As long as the disciple starts focusing at the beginning  and moving forward, he will have success.

Question: Or do we have to struggle from trial and error and earn it bit by bit, by constantly looking for it in our blindness.

JJ: This is what must be done until soul contact is achieved. Determination and power of will is one of the main achievements of this process.

Comment: I don’t understand how I experience consciousness or what the little cells are doing. Or what the macrocosm is doing. Even with your explanations it is not clear to me. I don’t know for sure much at all. Only possible theories.

JJ: It’s not theory that great intelligence is programmed into your body which is working away just as it is in your computer. It makes no difference whether you understand how your computer or your cells work. They still do their job.

Question: How do you gain truth? when u just don’t know it? How do you gain light? when you just don’t have it? How do you gain higher more complex, and larger consciousness? when u just don’t have it?

JJ: Follow the highest you know until you obtain soul contact. Never give up.

You always gain that upon which you focus attention and do not take it off.

When I was young, I decided I wanted to write both the words and melodies to songs. Writing words was pretty easy, but how do you write a melody? There’s no instruction for this. I had no idea how to do such a thing, but I focused my attention on it. For a long time nothing happened and then one-day new melodies started coming to my mind.

Why did they come?

Because of the power of focused attention and following the highest I knew even though I seemed to be groping in the dark.

Question: How can you ever know for sure what is true?

JJ: When it registers with the soul and you find through the experience that it works as it is applied to reality.

Comment: All I get so far from looking within is a feeling of blankness. Like my brain cannot process or know what it doesn’t know.

JJ: Your brain knows how to reason. Start with that and follow the highest reason you have. This will lead you to soul contact. It is important you start where you are. When you are making real progress, you will have a good internal feeling about it no matter where you are on the path.

Comment: It confuses me when there is no solid logical reason or no evidence to back up what is being said.

JJ: Any principle I reveal will be logical and have powerful reasoning behind it. All truth is logical. Most people stay here in this group because that which I teach is logical as well as spiritual.

Comment: I just have a lot of questions for me personally that no one seems to be able answer. And if they do it leads to more questions.

JJ: All questions correctly answered lead to more questions. For example every time NASA makes a new discovery more questions surface than they originally had.

Comment: I have many questions and am left with the same questions because I was unable to process and come to a solid logical conclusion that i feel inside is truth. Instead I add it to the countless possible theories and thoughts I have floating around. but very little is solid truth that I know.

JJ: Keep your attention focused on the two or three (or even one) important things. If you have too much floating around in your mind your attention will be scattered and you will discover nothing.

Comment: I want Christ consciousness. I have no idea how I am supposed to get it. Or that it really exists. And it does not seem likely I will achieve it.

JJ: If one can achieve then all can achieve. The path is simple. Follow the highest you know, focus and do not give up. Breakthrough doesn’t come in a big leap but one step at a time.

Comment: However, I have noticed in myself an increased awareness about what it is I should be aiming for. And how it is I should be feeling within myself, that is towards this higher consciousness. For example, the basic things. Like spiritual love. The conquering of glamour, maya and illusion.

JJ: Sounds like you are taking steps. Keep moving.

Comment: I am constantly asking for guidance to this, nothing dramatic has being revealed. The most I have really felt is a few high moments here and there where I saw beauty in the way things were moving around me like it was, the only way I could explain it is playing of music, or playing of purpose all around. like a rhythm.

JJ: All things come to he who endures to the end as the Master has said.

Love seeketh not itself to please,

Nor for itself hath any care,

But for another gives its ease,

And builds a Heaven in Hell’s despair.

William Blake (1757 – 1827)

June 21, 2005

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